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Adventurist. Traveler. Professional.

Steel “Fun” Challenge

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Steel challenge with Ricky. Weapon used is my Kimber Pro CDP II. Word of advice (to myself), competing with Blazer Brass is a terrible idea for accuracy.

Memorial Day 2008

A nation that does not honor its Heroes is one not worth dying for.

Non nobis solum nati sumus

Today is a solemn (and joyful day) to remember the service men and women who have died in defense of our Constitution and way of life. Over 650,000 men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice since World War I. We owe them a priceless sum, not in value, but one of gratitude and honor.

You Are Not Forgetten
Remembrance

A view: Maryland

Some random photos of my stay here in Silver Springs, Maryland during MLK 2008…
Cold and snowMore snowA view from the frontRalphieRalphie and ITrista knocked out

no meat!

Well, Lent arrived and as most of my friends and family knows, that means I give up meat for 40 days and nights. I’m such a carnivore when it comes to days other than this (I still have a buttload of carbs to choose from over here). I actually just ate my first meal on Lent: French toast sticks, fries, a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and onions with Italian dressing, and a bundle of grapes. Where do I get my protein? Well I have 10+ lbs (that’s .71 stone for my Brits) of whey protein. Hopefully that will suffice for the next 960 hours.

In recent years, I’ve stepped away from my traditional Roman Catholic roots, though I identify myself as one. It’s not because I have doubts but maybe it’s because I question some of my faith’s beliefs (I sound fickle and hypocritical, don’t I? haha). I do firmly believe in selfless service, sacrifice, etc. Recently over the past year I have been trying to get back to it. I say a prayer with my Rosary for my family, friends, and comrades and make it to Church when “Iraq” doesn’t get in the way (Christians do exist here in Iraq, actually, most of the north has standing churches).

Not much else really. I have a few other things I want to talk about but I’ll save them until later.

Oink

Happy New Year!!! Well, Chinese New Year that is! And the best thing is that it’s my year. The last on the lunar cycle: The Year of the Pig.

Intellectually curious, honest and tolerant, those born in the Year of the Pig can be relied upon for their loyalty and often make true friends for life… love to read, are generally thirsty for knowledge, and not readily talkative… honest, straightforward and patient person 😉

I already got a few Hung Bao (red envelopes) from an aunt during my 2 week leave. So I’m not expecting anymore cash… and we have enough “firecrackers” here in Iraq to celebrate.

Notable pigs:

Alain Connes, mathematician
Alfred Hitchcock, British film maker
Andrew Jackson, 7th US President
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Billie Joe Armstrong, musician
Bryan Adams, singer
Carlos Santana, musician
Ernest Hemingway, writer
Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Senator
James Buchanan, 15th US President
Jada Pinkett Smith, actress
Lucille Ball, actress and comedian
Magic Johnson, basketball player
Missy Elliott, rapper and singer
Ronald Reagan, former US President
Shawn Wayans, actor
Sasha Baron Cohen, British comedian
Snoop Dogg, American rapper
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President
Woody Allen, writer, director

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ


a last word please...

For those who fight for it Freedom has a taste the protected will never know.
Unknown

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence of Arabia

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
James Joyce

I hope that you enjoy my blog. My thoughts, though random and spontaneous at most, lack any political or religious favoring, so don't get butt-hurt. Please comment freely.